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More than one-third of the local inmates at county jail have been there at least once before in the last five years, as evidenced by Baker County’s five-year recidivism rate of 36.6 percent.
“It’s higher than I expected,” said Major John Finley, corrections chief for the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.
Ex-Macclenny city manager Gerald Dopson (right) reminisces with retiring Commissioner Richard Johnson about his six terms on the city board during a farewell ceremony the evening of September 24 following a budget meeting, Dr. Johnson’s last.
An exhausted Fire Chief Steve Marfongella (left), along with battalion chief Thomas Dyal (center, standing), Mike Whitehead and Bubba Dyal discuss bringing water to the “hot spots” remaining after a fire destroyed a double wide mobile home on SR 125 south of Mud Lake Rd. the morning of September 22.
Everyone safely evacuated the structure belonging to Richard Wisner after the blaze was discovered about 6 o’clock on that Sunday morning, and the last fire unit left about 3 pm when a state fire marshal completed an investigation.
As of Tuesday this week, the cause was still undetermined, and Chief Marfongella placed structure and content damage at $125,000. Firefighters from Glen St. Mary and South Macclenny set up a large “dump tank” on 125 to fill with water from tankers ferried over from Glen.
Photo by Jim McGauley